Finland vs. Canada Olympic Hockey 2014: Final Grades, Analysis for Team Canada

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Finland vs. Canada Olympic Hockey 2014: Final Grades, Analysis for Team Canada
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Drew Doughty started the scoring in the first period and finished it in overtime from nearly the same spot, beating Tuukka Rask under his pad to give Team Canada a group-clinching 2-1 victory against Finland.

Finland tried to choke the life out of the game by keeping the puck to the outside, and it worked for the most part. But the Finns were unable to generate many dangerous scoring chances.

The win gives Canada the No. 3 seed in the quarterfinals; the Finns are the No. 4 seed.

That means Canada will face the winner of Switzerland vs. Latvia, while Finland gets the winner of Russia vs. Norway with those qualification games scheduled for Tuesday.

Here are the final grades and analysis for Team Canada in this contest with Finland.

 

Team Canada Grades
Line/Pairing After 1st After 2nd Final
Jamie Benn-Sidney Crosby-Patrice Bergeron B- C D
Patrick Marleau-Jonathan Toews-Jeff Carter C C B
Matt Duchene-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry C B+ B
Patrick Sharp/Chris Kunitz-John Tavares-Rick Nash B- B B-
Duncan Keith-Shea Weber A B A
Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo B B A
Marc-Edouard Vlasic/Dan Hamhuis-Drew Doughty A C A
Carey Price A B- B
Special Teams A+ Inc. A+

vs. Finland

 

Final Analysis

Jamie Benn-Sidney Crosby-Patrice Bergeron

It just doesn't seem to matter who coach Mike Babcock puts with Crosby. There's no production coming from his line at all.

 

Patrick Marleau-Jonathan Toews-Jeff Carter

They were the culprits on Finland's second-period goal that tied the game but were otherwise very good. They had a good number of the few chances that Canada had in this game.

 

Matt Duchene-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry

They generated some chances and were dangerous on a few attempts late in the third period. In a muddled game with few chances, they may have been the best line for Canada. It's close between this group and the second line.

 

Patrick Sharp/Chris Kunitz-John Tavares-Rick Nash

It seems to have been a mistake to take Benn and Bergeron off Tavares' line. They were OK but nothing special in this game.

 

Duncan Keith-Shea Weber

Finland had five shots over the final two periods, and this pairing was a big reason why. They were great defensively and generated offense from the back end. Weber assisted on Canada's lone regulation goal.

 

Jay Bouwmeester-Alex Pietrangelo

This unit was solid. Pietrangelo had a couple of chances, including a shot in the third period that deflected and nearly bounced past Rask.

 

Marc-Edouard Vlasic/Dan Hamhuis-Drew Doughty

It was Vlasic and Doughty who were on the ice for Ruutu's goal. Ruutu beat Vlasic to the front of the net and got the deflection. Vlasic had a chance to win the game with 33.3 seconds left in regulation but could not beat Rask. Doughty was a force at times.

 

Carey Price

He faced five shots over the final two periods and was helpless to stop Ruutu's deflection goal. He made a big stop in overtime as well. It's tough to grade his work when he had so little of it.

 

Special Teams

They had one power play and scored on it. They had one penalty kill, and it was perfect. 

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